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}Spread some soft cheese on a cracker and you have a simple cure for satisfying the munchies. But what about the fat and calories? With the new reduced-calorie and fat-free crackers and cheese spreads now on the market, it is much easier to include these snacks in a healthy meal plan.

Crunchy, sweet, savory, satisfying. The growing hunger of the contemporary consumers for great-tasting snacks that are delicious, convenient and increasingly more nutritious is being fulfilled by the wide range of cheese snacks. At breakfast, dinner and every eating occasion in between, cheese products are an important and delicious part of consumers’ diets around the world.

Cheese snack category comprises of cheese puffs, pretzels, cheese straws,twists, sticks, portions and shapes, targeted at the 'on-the-go snacker'. Few of the popular types of cheese snacks are as follows:-
  • Cheese Puffs are nothing but puffed corn, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese-flavored powders. They are cooked, pressurized, and extruded out of a die that forms the particular snack shape. Today, there are extruded cheese corn snacks that are ball-shaped, curly, straight, or irregularly shaped depending on the shape of the die.
  • Gougère, a French cuisine, is sometimes refereed to as cheese puffs in English. Since it is choux pastry with cheese, therefore it is also a kind (comparatively more exotic) of cheese snack. For making a gougère grated cheese needs to be mixed into the batter or cubes of cheese can be pushed into the top, or both.
  • Cheese Bun/Cheese Bread, is a small, cheese-flavored rolls, a popular snack and breakfast food in Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. They are made of corn flour and the inside is meant to be chewy and moist. If not properly baked they tend to be doughy. Their size may range from 2 cm to 15 cm (1 to 6 inches) in diameter, with about 5 cm (2 inches) of height.
  • Macaroni and Cheese/Macaroni Cheese/Mac 'n' Cheese, is a common dish these days. The main ingredients of macaroni and cheese are cooked macaroni and a cheese sauce. Cheddar cheese is the traditional choice but other cheese may be used. Similarly, other shapes of pasta can be used, though it may still be (technically incorrectly) called mac 'n' cheese. Packaged versions are available, consisting of boxed pasta and a cheese powder, to which are added butter and milk (or water). Cauliflower cheese, is a British dish usually eaten as a main course for lunch or dinner. It is similar to macaroni cheese, though using cauliflower instead of macaroni. It can also be eaten as an accompanying vegetable to a traditional British "meat and vegetable" type meal.
  • Cheese Fries, are a celebrated fast food dish consisting of french fries covered in cheese.
  • Cheese on Toast, is a elemental snack made by melting cheese on a slice of toast. It is a cheap meal served across proletariat's cafes throughout the world. It is also enjoyed by many at home and is a particular favorite with students due to its simplicity and low price. The recipe consists of bread, either buttered or not, with a plain toasted side and grilled cheese on the other. It is commonly cooked using whatever ingredients are to hand. Melted cheddar cheese is especially greasy. A suitable topping is essential; the most basic being chopped onions (raw or grilled with the cheese) or tomato ketchup. Pickled Cucumber, Fried Tomatoes, Worcestershire Sauce and Baked Beans are also common. Cheese on Toast is equivalent to the grilled cheese sandwich which has melted cheese between two slices of bread or toast.
  • Cheese Roll/Cheese Roll-Up, is a simple snack food. The basic prescription for making a cheese roll is cover a slice of bread in grated or sliced cheese and then rolling it into a tube shape before toasting. Occasionally added ingredients are placed into the roll, such as onion, Worcestershire sauce, or even crushed pineapple or sweet corn. Some recipes also call for the cheese to be mixed with evaporated milk before spreading. The bread is kept in a rolled shape either by breaking the crust so that the slice does not spring back into a flattened shape or by skewering the bread with toothpicks. The outer side of the roll is occasionally coated thinly in butter before toasting to add to the flavor and give the toasted roll a more golden appearance.
  • Mozzarella Sticks/Mozza Sticks/Mozzies/Cheese Sticks, are rectangular or cylindrical pieces of battered or breaded mozzarella cheese. This deep-fried snack is most often served at restaurants or pizza parlors as an appetizer.
  • Nachos are a popular snack food which originated in North America. In their simplest form, nachos are usually tortilla chips covered in melted cheese. First created circa 1943 by Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, the original nachos consisted of fried tortilla chips covered with melted cheese and jalapeño peppers

Cheese Snacks Market
Rising consumer interest in healthy eating and in more natural and nutritious foods has been driving international food and drinks markets in recent years and no more so than in the children’s lunchbox foods category. This market has expanded to include more and more adult-oriented products and the cheese snacks category is now largely polarised between children’s lines and premium, adult snacks. Apart from this reason the other significant factor that fueling the growth for cheesed snacks sales (particularly in Indian context) is the rising disposable incomes.

The international market for dairy snacks is primarily based on the Cheese Snacks other than the hand-held (or spoon-free) yoghurts and desserts. Cheese snacks were worth an estimated GBP70m in 1999. Cheese snacks is by far the largest sector of the market, taking over 91 per cent of total market value in 2005, leaving less than 9 per cent for hand-held yoghurts and desserts. Cheese snacks is also growing faster than hand-held yoghurts and snacks in most countries, with growth of 4.4 per cent likely to take sales from $2,429m in 2005 to $2,537m in 2006, while sales of hand-held yoghurts and desserts is growing more slowly from a much smaller base, with a 3.8 per cent increase likely to take sales from $236m to $245m over the same period.

Furthermore, the cheese snacks market is seeing much higher levels of product activity from a range of different types of company, and is tending to segment into clear target markets, such as adult and children's cheese snacks, with a range of products including dips, lunch kits, strings, sticks, shapes and mini portions.

With high levels of interest and ongoing product and promotional activity, the market seems set for future growth, particularly in markets that are traditionally high cheese consumers, but have yet to really embrace the snacking concept in this area.

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